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The Day of the Black Blizzard

The Day of the Black Blizzard

by Candice Ransom, Laurie Harden
     
 

Ten-year-old Orry Jenkins is sick and tired of the dust. The year is 1935 and Kansas hasn't gotten enough rain in years. Instead of rainstorms, they get dust storms. One day, Orry and his little stepsister go outside to play. They're far from home when a huge dust storm comes up. Stranded alone on the plains, the children must find a way to survive the terrible

Overview

Ten-year-old Orry Jenkins is sick and tired of the dust. The year is 1935 and Kansas hasn't gotten enough rain in years. Instead of rainstorms, they get dust storms. One day, Orry and his little stepsister go outside to play. They're far from home when a huge dust storm comes up. Stranded alone on the plains, the children must find a way to survive the terrible black blizzard.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Cathi I. White
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when the 1930s are mentioned? Most people would probably say the Great Depression. However, have you ever heard of the black blizzards and Black Sunday? This fascinating book is based on Black Sunday. A drought struck the plains of Kansas, Texas, and Oklahoma for months. Dust storms swept across the plains causing fine dirt to fly in the air. As a result, in 1935, there were black blizzards that beat against the farms for nearly two weeks. One of those days was Sunday, April 14. Ten year old Orry and his seven-year-old sister go for a walk. They are tired of being in the house where the dust is so thick that it lands on everything making it hard to breathe. The crops are dried up and there is scarcely any food. Soon they find themselves farther away from the house than they are supposed to be. Suddenly the winds get up and they see a humongous black cloud that fills the sky. They are out in the field with no protection. Will they survive? Will they ever see their parents again? They are trapped in this horrid storm with no way out. Readers will be intrigued as they read the details of this mesmerizing historical account. The realistic illustrations are beautifully drawn. There are facts about Black Sunday at the end of the book. This interesting book is part of the "On My Own History" series. Reviewer: Cathi I. White
School Library Journal

Gr 2-4

In this story set in Kansas in 1935, Orry, 10, and his younger stepsister, Mildred, venture outside on what appears to be a sunny morning after spending days stuck inside because of the heavy dust outside. Without warning, a large black dust cloud hits, and they are forced to run for their lives and seek shelter with their dog in a ditch, hoping to find a way to survive. The writing is clear and lively, moving the story forward at a rapid pace. Young readers will be intrigued by the differences between their lives and that of Orry and his sister. The illustrations, done in oils, add to the overall effectiveness of this title. A brief bibliography suggests other titles on the Dust Bowl. A solid choice to consider for collections needing high-interest, low-reading-level titles.-Lisa Gangemi Kropp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822578956
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/01/2009
Series:
On My Own History Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
430L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Candice Ransom has written more than 100 books for children, including Finding Day's Bottom (Carolrhoda, 2006). Ms. Ransom holds a Master of Fine Arts in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College. She lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Laurie Harden previously illustrated Living with the Senecas: A Story about Mary Jemison and Natural Writer: A Story about Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings for the Creative Minds Biographies series.

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